A SADIST who killed pet hamsters as a way of tormenting his girlfriend has been jailed for 14 months.
Lewis Fox hurled one animal, named Beano, at a wall, strangled one with a telephone cable, squeezed another to death and set fire to a fourth because it bit him.
Trevor Wright, prosecuting, told Maidstone crown court: ‘He said he burnt its toes off with a lighter.’
Fox also killed two pet rats and took photos to send to his then girlfriend.
Last November, the teenager woke to find Fox with his hands around her throat after he discovered she had been texting another man. She begged him to stop but he continued to throttle her for ten minutes.
The court heard the couple had started a relationship in late 2014 but within the first month Fox was texting other girls.
He controlled his girlfriend by telling her what to wear and criticising her for using too much make-up.
He monitored her social media accounts, spat in her face on numerous occasions and burnt her with a cigarette.
Mr Wright said: ‘They talked about trying for a baby. She said she wanted to see if he was capable of caring for something.
‘She bought a baby hamster to see if he could look after it. Within a week he killed that hamster because he reckoned that little animal preferred her to him.’
Fox, 22, of Sittingbourne, Kent, admitted causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal and engaging in controlling or coercive behaviour.
As well as the jail term, a restraining order banning contact with his ex-girlfriend was placed on Fox, whose new girlfriend is pregnant with his child.
A psychiatric report found that Fox, who suffers from ADHD, had a personality disorder, and a callous dis-regard for others.
Sentencing Fox, Judge Julian Smith said: ‘You struggle on occasions to see what it is you have done wrong.
‘I have continuing concerns about your future behaviour towards partners and animals.’